LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 10pm

Meet The First Malaysian Woman To Earn A Michelin Star In Paris

Pic: Sin Chew DailyPic: Sin Chew Daily

What is even more remarkable, she is only one of two women who earned the distinction of a Michelin star this year.

Liew, who was born in Ipoh, is the co-owner of one of the 57 restaurants that were awarded their first star in the 2018 Michelin Guide France, South China Morning Post reports.

Pertinence, which is wholly run and owned by Liew and her Japanese husband, Ryunosuke Naito, is renowned for its classical French cuisine created with unconventional Japanesed techniques.

The Michelin guide described Pertinence's cuisine as “carefully and expertly transforming market-fresh ingredients into succulent French dishes, brushing away the cobwebs of tradition along the way”.

Pic: 2018 Michelin Guide FrancePic: 2018 Michelin Guide France

The distinction was awarded to Liew's restaurant last month, just seven months after she had opened the fine dining establishment with her Japanese husband and the historic feat by the Ipoh-born Liew was reported in local Chinese daily, Sin Chew Daily.

In another media report, Liew shared her secret of making her way to the top of the male-dominated field as females make up all of 5% of all Michelin stars worldwide.

Liew told AFP that women always have to prove that they are twice as good as men to get their team to listen to them and she found that acting like a man in the kitchen is the only way.

“It depends on the mentality of the personnel, but (in general) men do not listen to women, they say, ‘We don’t give a damn what she says’,” she was quoted by AFP.

- mD